April 18, 2016 2:00 PM EDT

All the world’s a stage—and William Shakespeare masterfully channeled this innate drama into his more than three-dozen plays.

More than four centuries after he first created the works that made him famous, Shakespeare remains the most-read writer on college campuses, the subject of ongoing historical inquiry and the source of much struggle for high-schoolers first unraveling his Elizabethan prose to discover the wit within.

Ahead of the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death on April 23, take a look back through his plays and let us know which ones you liked best—and which ones you thought were something rotten.


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